Hi everyone! Well it’s almost the end of my first week off over the summer (5 more to go!) and I’ve been a very busy bee. I decided a couple of weeks ago that the kitchen was in need of an update, so organised for a decorator to visit and give me some quotes.
That was last Friday, when I rushed home, after waving goodbye to colleagues for the next month, only to sit around waiting for two hours and finally realising she wasn’t going to turn up! Naturally, I was annoyed but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it was a CALL TO ACTION!
I was going to do it all myself…
I’ve always enjoyed pottering / tinkering / embellishing / tarting up objects. Whatever you want to call it, essentially it was my way of making an item last longer, look better or was just to put my individual stamp on it. From cushion covers to plant pots, vest tops to ballet pumps, I’ve stuck or sewn on all manner of bows, flowers and buttons. Perhaps it comes from being brought up by grandparents of the ‘make do and mend’ generation.
Everything had been small scale up to this point, but about a year ago I discovered the trend of Upcycling. No, it’s not the latest version of spin class, where bikes are perpendicular to the floor, but a way of preventing waste. We’ve just had National Recycling Week in the UK, so this is maybe what prompted the fad last June! Whereas recycling uses an object’s raw materials for another reason, upcycling is the art of reworking a used object into something of increased value or purpose.There are some absolutely ingenious ideas out in the world – the imagination of humans never fails to amaze me – these are the inventors of a throw-away society. Check some of them out on upcyclethat.com.